John Cena, one of WWE’s most buzz-worthy stars, will be headlining one of the biggest matches of WrestleMania 36, per Bleacher Report. There’s no word yet on whether his girlfriend of less than a year, Shay Shariatzadeh, will be in the audience. However, it wouldn’t surprise any of Cena’s longtime fans if Shariatzadeh wasn’t there. The Fast & Furious 9 actor’s romantic history is a bit rocky and it remains to be seen if this relationship will last.
Cena married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Huberdeau, in July 2009, according to US Weekly. However, by 2012, the couple had parted ways. According to TMZ, Huberdeau was “blindsided when Cena unexpectedly filed to end their 3-year marriage.” At the time, the outlet reported that Huberdeau suspected Cena was cheating on her. It wasn’t until about six years later that Cena finally explained what happened to his marriage.
It wasn’t another woman or an affair. Instead, it was his job that broke up his marriage. “I have made [WWE] my absolute life,” he reportedly said on Australia’s hit105 Stav, Abby & Matt radio show (via the U.K.’s Express) in 2018 “I don’t have a family,” the wrestler-turned-actor added. “I tried marriage once and I realized my WWE marriage was the one that was going to survive.”
Not long after his marriage dissolved, Cena was spotted with Total Bella reality TV star, Nikki Bella, according to People. Cena and Bella dated for six years until their very public break up in 2018.
John Cena and Nikki Bella dated for six years before breaking up for good
John Cena and fellow wrestler, Nikki Bella, started dating in 2012, the same year he and his first wife, Elizabeth Huberdeau, filed for divorce, according to People. After five tumultuous and drama-filled years of dating, Cena got down on one knee and proposed. However, the proposal wasn’t a private or intimate event. Cena proposed to Bella on live television in front of an audience of 75,000 wrestling fans at Wrestlemania 33, according to Men’s Health. The couple had just finished a wrestling match together when he grabbed the mic and asked the big question.
“Right before she went into [a pre-operation], a year and a half ago,” the wrestler told ESPN as soon as he left the ring (via Men’s Health). “I knew she’d be out of it and I could ask her anything I wanted, and I said ‘someday I’m gonna’ marry you.'”
Several weeks before the two were set to tie the knot, there seemed to be trouble brewing. Though they had a history of breaking up and making up, it seemed the end was near. Bella confirmed their split in late July 2018, according to People.
In a statement to People, Bella explained that after the engagement ended, the couple tried to get their relationship back on track, but the damage was irreparable. “After much time and soul-searching alone and together, we have decided to officially part ways. I have the utmost respect for John, but I know this is what’s best for me.”
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